Because you know any franchise that merits a sequel can and will be milked for a trilogy.
About this creation
The planet Lithia is dotted with innumerable automated terraforming plants (commonly known as "smog factories"), whose sole purpose is to manufacture and pump tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In a decade or two they will have warmed the planet enough to maintain liquid water on the surface, the crucial first step toward introducing plants and animals, and eventually, human settlers.
Built into the side of a mountain, Smog Factory Gamma-C taps into what little geothermal energy Lithia can provide to produce its cocktail of atmospheric conditioners. And like all smog factories, apart from periodic visits by a technician to check on things, Gamma-C is completely deserted. Perfect for a Space Ninja battle...
This is the most massive Lego structure I have built to date; at its maximum points, the footprint measures 109 studs wide by 36 studs deep; the tallest smokestack tops out at 60 and 1/3 bricks high. If only it flew I could say I'd built a SHIP and finally passed that manhood test -- although this is a Seriously Huge Investment in Parts in its own right. We need an acronym for large ground-based constructions.
I took a proto-version of this to Northwest BrickCon in October of '07 (there's a picture or two here somewhere if you want to compare it to the final product) Even though it was only half-complete I still thought it was good enough to display, but I had bigger plans for it. The problem is, I'm always building several different things at once, and usually -- stupidly -- at least two of those things are fighting for the same parts. In this case the Tetricus was also taking up a lot of my old gray bricks and plates, and I liked it and the smog factory both well enough that I didn't want to sacrifice one for the other.
Well, I finally did give up on the Tetricus a while ago, but the smog factory sat in a box, broken down into its component parts, out of sight and out of mind. Judging that I now had the available parts on hand to finish this thing without having to resort to Cracklink, I was half right (I did run out of old gray plates in certain sizes, notably 2x2 and 2x4 -- you can see the blay in places -- but I did not order any parts for it since making the decision to finish it).
Now I can tear the thing apart and build something really cool! I'll have so much Lego I won't know what to do with it. I knew it was tying up a lot of my old gray brick and most of my light gray LURPs and BURPs, but it was a revelation to pull the originally built modules out of the box, look at the mess of support structure in back, and say, "Hey, there's all my long technic bricks! There's all my 11-high round pillars! There's all my 2x10 plates! There's all my black basic brick! There's all my..."
"Aw, sh**!" moment: A miscalculation results in this part of a black plate being visible after I snapped everything together. I thought it would be hidden, otherwise it would have been dark gray. It would take hours of blood, sweat, and toil to fix it at this point. Dammit!
Because I know you're wondering... that is not a backwards 7. It is not an F or a T missing a limb. It is not weird alien writing. It is the Greek letter gamma. Yes. Don't they teach you kids anything in school anymore? Why, back in my day...
Shannon, your work is awesome! I love the fact that you put a lot of thought into your creations, they're a pleasure to see! And I think the idea of "Space Ninjas" is super cool - hopefully we can have a 4th chapter in the trilogy :-)
AWESOME! that is definatly WAY more grey than i have, great job. i love the cool machinery details, my favorite is the two pipes that are placed in indents in the rock so that they are flush with the wall, it's a great technique that i have never thought of before, but it looks great! all in all, your space ninja trilogy is EPIC!
It's difficult to do this MOC justice with just one English word, so I'll make one up. This MOC is simply smloogtastic! On a separate note, I noticed that listening to the background music on your intro video while viewing your MOCs somehow makes them even more bad a-word. ('Scuse the language, kids.)
I like it alot!!!!!!!! piz make more like this! this is a classic! piz make more like it :-)! I would buy this if it were for sale at stores!!!! Amazing! i like your creations! they are all unique! very good! keep up the work! piz vheck out my creations and my home page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-By THE ONE AND ONLY GooGoo GaGa
Wow....... Ummmm......... Yah....... I am jealous, is about all that I have enough room to say here. If I were to express wonder about everything I like about it, it would take WAY too long. Great job!
If this becomes a series, i'll eat my hat. If i had a hat, that is. Ok, so sue me, i took the cigars! Well, isn't that fantastic. No. Meh, me need paste. Me do what Goldman says, and me eat paste. Hehe. Me die now - Callum PS. Excellent Moc, but as i said on another reveiw... PLEASE make one of the ninja's kick the other in the nuts!
So why aren’t we building some of these smog factories for real? Isn’t the earth running out of greenhouse gasses or something…like, leaking out of the hole in the ozone layer? I thought I heard that on MTV news… Anyway, that black plate totally makes this thing. Awesome work.
Nice I like this one the best. When I saw it was like havn't I seen this before? Well I didn't know you expanded it. And yes I know that was the letter gamma... I am smart. The funny thing is that I was bored having no sound so I started playing the James Bond theme. It goes good with this. And I WILL have creations on (or at least take photos) of about 11 creations.
I almost didn't want to review, for fear of somehow infecting this with my unworthiness to look at it ;) Oh my golly, this is great!! It's built so well, you perfectly proportioned the amount of mountain with the amount of factory. Those are some LUCKY ninjas to get to play on it.
Wahooooo!!! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. A feast for the eyes, Mr. Young. Congratulations on the completion of this beast - it's fantastic. And congrats on getting back all of your pieces...boy do I know that feeling! The big ones are so damn consuming (time AND parts), but hopefully well worth it. Great MOC!!!!!
Beautiful! The stark industrial look is perfect with nothing detracting from the ninja battle. It would have been cool if you'd done the inside of the factory, with the ninjas swinging from pipes and fighting on bridges over vats of toxic chemicals, but considering the work you put into the outside that's a pretty unreasonable thing to ask. Awesome job!
Here I'd given up hope of ever seeing this baby finished after the shots of it at Brickcon. Did you build it one brick a week or something?! Anyway, a great structure, full of interesting and coherent details. Any metal band would be proud to film their next clip there. BTW, it would be awesome if you could do the ninjas busting thru a trans red window...
I cried when I looked at this, and not because it was bad. I cried because I thought it was a backwards seven. I finally realized that the schooling I received was flawed. I then cried harder when I realized that your creation was better than anything I have ever built! PS- Why did you tag Goldman? Have you seen what we have to follow?
Yeah, when I saw this I thought it was a Goldman MOC. That's a good thing. =) I'm diggin' the red at every level; gives it a nice touch. Also, why don't they teach us Latin or Greek? Back in the day when I wasn't alive...BTW, space ninjas rock.